As you can see from the lack of Meatless Monday posts, I haven’t had much inspiration for them lately! But, this has come to a stop! I received a copy of The SimplyRaw Kitchen in the mail and I could not have been more excited to try the recipes! The book is filled with beverages, breakfast, soups, salad & salad dressing, pates, dip, spread & “cheeez”, main dish, and dessert recipes. It also includes some tiips and techniques for a raw diet. Here is a little information about The SimplyRaw Kitchen and the author, Natasha Kyssa.
The SimplyRaw Kitchen is an all-vegan, gluten-free cookbook and lifestyle guide to be shared between generations. Chef and wellness consultant Natasha Kyssa wrote The SimplyRaw Kitchen to inspire others to include fresh, whole, nutrient-rich foods in their diets in a balanced and loving way, and to experience just how delicious healthy eating can be. When we prepare meals centered around whole plant foods, we fuel our bodies with a tasty abundance of life-giving essentials. Kyssa offers a innovative variety of simple, flavorful recipes that use basic, easy-to-source ingredients and take little time and effort to prepare. Natasha promotes a balanced, flexible diet based on fresh plant foods. Her regimen also considers those who cannot tolerate an all-raw diet by including specific cooked foods. Natasha shares vegan versions of comfort food classics like Mushroom Goulash, Babuschka’s Borscht, and Romantan Cabbage Rolls. Other must-try dishes include Holiday Nut Nog, Rad Pad Thai, Autumn Apple Crumble, plus plenty of raw soups, cakes, smoothies, and more. Natasha Kyssa runs SimplyRaw, a healthy lifestyles consulting company, and SimplyRaw Express, a vegan restaurant in Ottawa, Canada. Through her workshops, café, and detox program, she has assisted thousands of clients to achieve optimum health, wellness, and nutrition. She has appeared as a speaker at TedX, and is a frequent presenter at health, wellness, and vegan festivals where she often talks about nutrition as the best and most affordable method of preventative health care. Natasha also hosts professional seminars and workshops. Her popular first book, The SimplyRaw Living Foods Detox Manual, was published in 2009.
I was skimming the pages and the recipe I decided to try first jumped off the page to me because it was so colorful and easy to whip up. Follow the recipe below and have a healthy Meatless Monday!
Large Tomatoes, Chopped
2 Red Bell Peppers, Chopped
1/2 Cup Hemp Seeds
2 TBSP Lime Juice
1 TBSP Light Miso
2 TBSP Gluten-free Tamari
1/2 Avocado, chpped
1 TBSP Maple Syrup or a few drops of stevia (optional)
Himalayan salt, to taste
Ground Black Pepper, to taste
2 TBSP Chopped Chives, for garnish
In a blender, process tomatoes, peppers, hemp seeds, lime juice, miso, tamari, avocado, and maple syrup (if using) until smooth
Ingredients ready to be blended
Season to taste
Pour into bowl(s)
Top with chives, and tomatoes and avocado if desired!
Finished Tomato Soup
I first tried the soup at room temperature and the next night I tried it chilled, which I liked better.
I am very excited to try more recipes from The SimplyRaw Kitchen, and I will be sure you let you know how they turn out! The book will be available in October 2013.